Tziona Koenig-Yair, Commissioner
Israel's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Do Israeli women face discrimination in the workplace? What obstacles do women, and minority women especially, face in joining the workforce? How does women's access to employment affect Israel's economy at large?
Since 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made employment rights and opportunities for all Israeli women a socio-economic priority. Join us for a discussion with Commissioner Tziona Koenig-Yair, selected as one of one hundred most influential people of Israel's "The Marker" magazine for 2011, about efforts to address discrimination in the workplace and the importance of equal access to employment for Israel's economic growth.
About the speaker:
Adv. Tziona Koenig-Yair is the National Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Israel. She holds an LLB degree from the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University and an MPA degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Wexner Fellow). Ms. Koenig-Yair passed the Israeli Bar Exam in 1996 and for the past 16 years, has spent the better part of her legal career addressing equality issues from various aspects. Tziona started her way as a legal prosecutor at the District Attorney's office in Tel-Aviv. From the year 2000-2006, Ms. Koenig-Yair worked in the legal department of the Israel Women's Network (IWN), Israel's foremost advocacy group for women, first as Legal Counsel and then as head of the legal department. In 2007 Ms. Koenig-Yair was appointed Executive Director of the "IWN" and managed the organization for a year until being appointed first National Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Israel (EEOC), establishing and creating the new government entity. The EEOC is a government body enforcing equal opportunities in the labor market on many grounds including gender. EEOC has authority by law to investigate discrimination claims, file law suits and promote awareness to equality. During her career Koenig-Yair has published many editorials in leading newspapers in Israel on the various aspects of equality in the workforce. In her national and international work, Ms. Koenig-Yair is committed to promoting equality and is concerned with strengthening and supporting the promotion of equality both from a legal perspective and a public one. In 2011 Ms. Koenig-Yair was selected as one of one hundred most influential people of "The Marker" for 2011, due to her work in promoting and implementing equality in the labor market in Israel.
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